Universal Japan draws 10 million

Mar 19, 2014

Universal Japan draws 10 million

The number of visitors to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka reached 10 million for the current business year Wednesday, hitting the threshold for the first time since the park’s inaugural year of operation. The operator of the Hollywood-themed amusement park said Hollywood Dream — ...

Mar 12, 2014

Government tech lab shelves launch of video tracking at JR Osaka

A government technology laboratory said Tuesday it has delayed the launch of a video-tracking program to monitor passers-by at a major train station — originally scheduled to begin in April — due to “voices of concern” raised by citizens. The project, designed by the ...

Mar 10, 2014

Man gets death for 2011 robbery-murders in Osaka

The Osaka District Court sentenced a 52-year-old man to death Monday for killing two people in two separate robberies in Osaka Prefecture in 2011. According to the ruling, Munehiro Nishiguchi killed housewife Takeko Tamura, 67, in November 2011 in the city of Sakai and ...

Mar 9, 2014

Campaigning begins for Osaka mayoral race

Official campaigning began Sunday in the race to choose Osaka’s next mayor, with Toru Hashimoto seeking a return to the position he quit and a fresh mandate to overhaul local politics — but with major political parties distancing themselves from the poll. The combative ...

Osaka challenges Tokyo with tallest skyscraper

Mar 6, 2014

Osaka challenges Tokyo with tallest skyscraper

Japan’s tallest building will open Friday in Osaka, as Asia’s third-biggest metropolitan economy aims to lure tourists and stem businesses from moving to Tokyo. Kintetsu Corp., one of the main railways in western Japan, spent ¥130 billion and four years constructing the 300-meter Abeno ...

Feb 8, 2014

Osaka to elect new mayor on March 23

The Osaka Municipal Government’s election board decided Saturday to hold a mayoral election March 23. Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who tendered his resignation Friday, said he will seek re-election to merge the prefectural and municipal governments into a single Osaka metropolitan government by winning “a ...

Feb 2, 2014

Hashimoto to quit, seek new election

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Saturday that he will step down to test the people’s will in a new election on his main policy goal of merging the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments into one entity. The embattled co-leader of Nippon Ishin no Kai ...